Botany 4, Genetics 4 and Biotechnology Honours in Plant Science are designed to provide the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in plant science research beyond that experienced in an undergraduate degree course. The focus of Botany 4 is plant science research, Genetics 4 is oriented towards genetics and/or molecular studies and Biotechnology Honours in Plant Science is geared towards the growing biotechnology industry.
Students are assessed in the following and are required: (a) to carry out an intensive research project on an approved topic under a supervisor approved by the Board of Studies in Science, and to submit the findings in a thesis. Three copies of the research thesis (typed on A4 paper and bound) shall be submitted about nine and a half months from the date of commencing study. The normal starting date is in February; but alternative starting dates, such as mid-year, will be considered; (b) to undertake a literature review in a prescribed topic of plant science; (c) to present a seminar which describes the aims and result of the student's research work; and (d) to write a research proposal within the framework of currently accepted guidelines for research application. At the discretion of the Head of School, students may also undertake additional coursework.
Students who have completed a BSc and have satisfied the course prerequisites will be permitted to enrol in honours in Forest Ecology provided: (a) they have achieved an adequate standard, normally at least 50% of credits in Group 3 units, and (b) there are a suitable project and a supervisor available.
The honours year includes: (a) a research project of nine months duration, normally be carried out in the School of Plant Science, but after consultation with the course coordinator may be carried out in other appropriate schools such as Zoology, Agricultural Science, Geography and Environmental Studies or Mathematics; (b) a review of literature on a prescribed topic; (c) a grant proposal; (d) a presentation of a seminar; and (e) other activities as directed by the head of school, such as attendance at seminars given by research scientists working in the field (eg CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products and the Ecological Society of Australia or the Forestry CRC).
|Honours Coordinator||Mr Paddy Dalton||+61 3 6226 7873||P.J.Dalton@utas.edu.au|
Authorised by the Head of School, Biological Sciences
12 October, 2012